Swine flu pandemic – Fact or fiction?
Swine flu pandemic
Fact or fiction?
Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor
(Healingtalks) Each winter as we enter the flu season it is time to wonder…should we get vaccinated to avoid the flu? Back in 2009 American health officials declared a public health emergency due to swine flu cases confirmed in the U.S.
Health officials across the world feared something similar was emerging from Mexico, where seven people had died and their death was linked to a new virus.
The declared swine flu pandemic
Then on April 29th, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to five on its six-level scale1 This meant the virus was capable of human-to-human transmission. The initial outbreaks across North America revealed an infection already traveling at higher velocity than did during last official pandemic strain, the 1968 Hong Kong flu.
Phase 5 had never been declared since the warning system was introduced in 2005 in response to the avian influenza crisis. Phase 6 means a pandemic is under way.
Several nations have imposed travel bans, or made plans to quarantine air travelers2 and despite the fact that WHO now openly admits it was not possible to contain the spread of this infection and recommended mitigation measures, not restricting travel across borders.
What is a real pandemic?
It is NOT black-plague carts being hauled through the streets with dead bodies piled high. Nor does it mean flesh eating zombies are wandering the streets feeding on life. All a pandemic means a new infectious disease is spreading, somehow or other. “Pandemic” means it is geographically widespread. Fear-mongers are always careful to add the innuendo that millions of people could and probably will die, as in the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 that killed about 20 million people worldwide.
How does the death of even a few hundred equate to 20 million?
Huge fear-mongering promoted to sell vaccinations
Many were alarmed by the media’s coverage of the swine flu scare. It has a noticeable subplot – preparing you for draconian measures to combat a future pandemic and a hidden agenda of forcing you to accept the idea of mandatory vaccinations.
On April 27, Time magazine published an article which discusses how dozens died and hundreds were injured from vaccines as a result of the 1976 swine flu fiasco. This was when the Ford administration attempted to use the infection of soldiers at Fort Dix as a pretext for a mass vaccination.
Despite acknowledging that the 1976 farce was an example of “how not to handle a flu outbreak”, the article still introduces the notion that officials may soon do the same.
Fear has become so widespread that Egypt has ordered the slaughter of the country’s 300,000 pigs, even though no cases have been reported there. At least this threatened epidemic has provided a source of amusement as it has generated even more ludicrous behavior.
NOT the first Swine Flu panic
Back in 1976, there was a massive swine flu vaccine campaign.Within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine. The vaccine was also blamed for 25 deaths.
However, several hundred people developed crippling Guillain-Barré Syndrome after they were injected with the swine flu vaccine. Even healthy 20-year-olds ended up as paraplegics. And the swine flu pandemic itself? It never materialized.
More died from the Swine Flu vaccines than from Swine Flu!
It is very difficult to forecast a pandemic, and a rash response can be more damaging than the potential pandemic.
To put things into perspective, malaria kills 3,000 people EVERY DAY, and it’s considered “a health problem”… But of course, there are no fancy vaccines for malaria that can rake in billions of dollars in a short amount of time.
But as part of the fear mongering, an Australian news source3 stated that even a mild swine flu epidemic could lead to the deaths of 1.4 million people. It never happened. Similarly, President Bush, a close friend of Big Pharma, said two million Americans would die as a result of the bird flu? So lets line up and get inoculated!
In 2005, in 2006, 2007, and again in 2008, those fears were exposed as little more than a cruel hoax, intentionally designed to create fear, and line the pocketbooks of various individuals. Dr. Mercola, going counter stream, became convinced by the evidence AGAINST the possibility of a bird flu pandemic and thus wrote a New York Times bestselling book, The Bird Flu Hoax, all about the massive fraud involved with the epidemic that never happened.
What is Swine Flu?
Regular swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease, caused by a type-A influenza virus that affects pigs. The current strain, A(H1N1), is a new variation of an H1N1 virus — which causes seasonal flu outbreaks in humans — that also contains genetic material of bird and pig versions of the flu.
- Fever of more than 100
- Runny nose and/or sore throat
- Joint aches
- Severe headache
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Lack of appetite
Swine Flu’s spread
In June, 2009, 74 countries reported 29,669 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection over approximately a three month period and only 145 deaths in the ENTIRE world. Compare that to 3,000 dying daily from malaria or 145 to 290,000 deaths. In the United States there were 13217 confirmed cases, and 27 deaths. But often people, in our culture many have weak immune systems so that the imputed “causal link” to a specific virus is not only flimmsy but generally fraudulent. The imputed causality is designed not to inspire others to make immune-enhancing life style changes but to become customers of the medical treatment establishment. google has a swine flu tracker and you can get similar info from the World Health Organization. See Google Maps’ Swine Flu Tracker and World Health Organization’s Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response site.
Swine Flu – a WEAK virus
The real kicker is that most cases reported were mild. No massive piles of dead bodies in the streets. Apparently the virus was not all that potent for most.
Wired Magazine reported on May 4 that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientists did not find similarities between swine flu and historical strains with catastrophic effect. So the label of a pandemic does not apply.
But it does raise serious questions about where this brand new virus came from, especially since it cannot be contracted from eating pork products, and has never before been seen in pigs, and contains traits from the bird flu — and which, so far, only seems to respond to Tamiflu (or so they tell us) Was Big Pharma just lucky or was here some criminal hanky panky in this sales pitch?
With the passage of a communications act under the Clinton Administration, there was the green light given to a massive consolidation of media control, and with that corporate-induced distortions of reality suddenly became commonplace. we need to wake up to the fact that controlled fear-spreading creates further control and wealth!
What is Tamiflu?
Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is approved for treatment of uncomplicated influenza A and B in children 1 year of age or older. It is also approved for prevention of influenza in people 13 years or older. It’s part of a group of anti-influenza drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors, which work by blocking a viral enzyme that helps the influenza virus to invade cells in your respiratory tract.
Big Pharma & governmental financial stakes
Swine flue is extremely convenient for governments that have to dispose of billions of dollars of Tamiflu stock, which they bought to counter avian flu, or H5N1. The US government ordered 20 million doses, costing $2 billion, in October, 2005, and around that time the UK government ordered 14.6 million doses. Tamiflu’s manufacturer, Roche, has confirmed that the shelf life of its anti-viral is three years.As soon as Homeland Security declared a health emergency, 25 percent — about 12 million doses — of Tamiflu and Relenza treatment courses were released from the nation’s stockpile. However, beware that the declaration also allows unapproved tests and drugs to be administered to children. Many health- and government officials are more than willing to take that chance with your life, and the life of your child. But are you?
Tamiflu Loaded With So-called “Side Effects”- Including Death and Can Only Reduce Symptoms by 36 Hours at BEST
Tamiflu is NOT a safe drug. Its so-called “side effects” include convulsions, delirium or delusions, and 14 deaths in children and teens as a result of neuropsychiatric problems and brain infections Japan actually banned Tamiflu for children in 2007.
Remember, Tamiflu went through some rough times not too long ago, as the dangers of this drug came to light when, in 2007, the FDA finally began investigating some 1,800 adverse event reports related to the drug.
Common serious side effects of Tamiflu include:
All in all, the very symptoms you’re trying to avoid.
Tamiflu actually ineffective…so the con goes on
Actually Tamiflu has been reported to be ineffective against seasonal flu outbreaks, and insufficient to combat an epidemic or pandemic to begin with.
But making matters worse, some patients with influenza are at HIGHER risk for secondary bacterial infections when on Tamiflu because their immune system is compromised by taking in this chemical poison.
Secondary bacterial infections, as I mentioned earlier, was likely the REAL cause of the mass fatalities during the 1918 pandemic.
When Tamiflu is used as directed (twice daily for 5 days) it can ONLY reduce the duration of your influenza symptoms by 1 to 1 1/2 days, according to the official data.
Why on earth would anyone want to take a drug that has a chance of killing you, was banned in Japan, is loaded with side effects that mimic the flu itself, costs over $100, and AT BEST can only provide 36 hours of SYMPTOM relief. Just doesn’t make any sense. But it does make billions of dollars for Big Pharma to sell you on this ploy.
Serious revenue from Tamiflu
The Financial Times reports that governments around the world have previously stockpiled 220 million doses in preparation for a pandemic that has yet to appear. The cost of this preparation is $7 billion dollars.
Should you accept a flu vaccine — “just to be safe?”
To make matters worse, the vaccine was often loaded with toxic mercury used supposedly as a preservative…though others claim this is an intentional harming of the victims immune system to create future Big Phara customers! See our article on the admitted link between swine flu vaccinations and serious disorders.
Whose advise will you listen to?
According to Dr. Mercola there are numerous dangers (and ineffectiveness) of flu vaccines, and why he NEVER recommends vaccines to anyone. According to Mercola, “No matter what you hear — even if it comes from your doctor — don’t get a regular flu shot. They rarely work against seasonal flu…and certainly can’t offer protection against a never-before- seen strain…Currently, the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are the only drugs that appear effective against the (human flu) H1N1 virus, and I strongly believe taking Tamiflu to protect yourself against this new virus could be a serious mistake.”
Resitance against Tamiflu
But in addition to the dangerous side effects of Tamiflu, there is also evidence of growing resistance to the drug. In February, the pre-publication and preliminary findings journal called Nature Precedings published a paper on this concern, stating:15 “The dramatic rise of oseltamivir [Tamiflu] resistance in the H1N1 serotype in the 2007/2008 season and the fixing of H274Y in the 2008/2009 season has raised concerns regarding individuals at risk for seasonal influenza, as well as development of similar resistance in the H5N1 serotype [bird flu]. Previously, oseltamivir resistance produced changes in H1N1 and H3N2 at multiple positions in treated patients. In contrast, the recently reported resistance involved patients who had not recently taken oseltamivir.”
In short it is a potentially dangerous drug.
And, once a specific swine flu drug is created, you can be sure that it has not had the time to be tested in clinical trials to determine safety and effectiveness…which means the vaccine itself if a threat – – with a potential repeat of the last dangerous swine flu vaccination campaign which destroyed the lives of hundreds of people.
Immune from lawsuits
Topping this mess off, and if the new vaccine turns out to be a killer, the pharmaceutical companies responsible are immune from lawsuits. They have stacked the cards in their favor, politically to pass such protective laws – screwing the interest of the public royally. Next they try to get governments to mandating the vaccine — making us all fodder in their money-making scheme.
Better solutions to protect yourself from the Flu
Here are Mercola’s recommendations to which we concur:
- Optimize your vitamin D levels – Mercola’s number one recommendation. These can be monitored to confirm a 50-70 ng.ml level by a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp. Just go to a local local blood drawing facility, and the monitoring becomes relatively inexpensively. If you are coming down with flu like symptoms consider getting vitamin D at doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1000 units per pound of body weight for three days. However, most of Dr. Cannell’s work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. However the best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml BUT regular flu, not the swine flu, has killed 13,000 in the US since January. But there is strong support that these types of figures are grossly exaggerated to increase vaccine sales.
- Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately. Be aware that sugar is concentrated in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup, dried fruit and fruit juice.
- Get Enough Rest. If your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep .
- Have Effective Tools to Address Stress . If stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu.If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma. You can check out EFT manual for some guidelines on how to perform EFT.
- Exercise regularly. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The immune system is strengthened. You can review exercise guidelines of Mercola.
- Take in omega-3 fats . Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil and flax seed oil – which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response.
- Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap. They are useless and often laced with chemicals.
- Eat Garlic Regularly. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don’t enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.
- Avoid Hospitals and Vaccines – Stay far away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are breeding grounds for infections – the likeliest places to be exposed. Vaccines will not be available for six months at the minimum but when available they will be ineffective and can lead to crippling paralysis like Guillain-Barré Syndrome just as it did in the 70s.
Factory Farming Maybe Source of Swine Flu
It is a theory that factory farming might cause Swine Flu. In the United States, pigs travel coast to coast. They can be bred in North Carolina, fattened in the corn belt of Iowa, and slaughtered in California. The highly contagious nature of diseases like influenza could be supported by such long-distance live animal transport. The majority of U.S. pig farms now confine more than 5,000 animals each. With a group of 5,000 animals, if a novel virus shows up it will have more opportunity to replicate and potentially spread than in a group of 100 pigs on a small farm.
True bird/swine flu pandemic is still HIGHLY Unlikely
While factory farming may produce a viral strain, causing a pandemic is something entirely else.
H1N1 flu’s are descendants of the 1918 pandemic strain. The reason why the flu shot may or may not work, however, from year to year, is due to mutations. Therefore, there’s no vaccine available for this current hybrid flu strain, and naturally, this is feeding the fear that millions of people will die before a vaccine can be made.
However, let me remind you of one very important fact here.
Just a couple of months ago, scientists concluded that the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 50-100 million people worldwide in a matter of 18 months — which all these worst case scenarios are built upon — was NOT due to the flu itself!4Instead, they discovered the real culprit was strep infections that hit weak immune systems. People with influenza often get what is known as a “super-infection” with a bacterial agent. In 1918 it appears to have been Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Since strep is much easier to treat than the flu in modern times, a new pandemic is more than unlikely, the researchers concluded.
Biologist Paul Ewald’s view
Revolutionary biologist Paul Ewald,5 claims that a pandemic cannot happen, because in order for it to occur, the world has to change. Not the virus itself, but the world. In a previous interview for Esquire magazine, in which he discusses the possibility of a bird flu pandemic, he states: “They think that if a virus mutates, it’s an evolutionary event. Well, the virus is mutating because that is what viruses and other pathogens do. But evolution is not just random mutation. It is random mutation coupled with natural selection; it is a battle for competitive advantage among different strains generated by random mutation. For bird flu to evolve into a human pandemic, the strain that finds a home in humanity has to be a strain that is both highly virulent and highly transmissible. Deadliness has to translate somehow into popularity; H5N1 has to find a way to kill or immobilize its human hosts, and still find other hosts to infect. Usually that doesn’t happen.”
Ewald goes on to explain that evolution in general is all about trade-offs, and in the evolution of infections the trade-off is between virulence and transmissibility.
What this means is that in order for a “bird flu” or “swine flu” to turn into a human pandemic, it has to find an environment that favors both deadly virulence and ease of transmission. People living in squalor on the Western Front at the end of World War I generated such an environment, from which the epidemic of 1918 could arise. We don’t live in those conditions anymore. Crowded chicken farms, slaughterhouses, and jam-packed markets of eastern Asia provide another such environment, and that environment gave rise to the bird flu — a pathogen that both kills and spreads, in birds, but not in humans.
Ewald adds: “We know that H5N1 is well adapted to birds. We also know that it has a hard time becoming a virus that can move from person to person. It has a hard time without our doing anything. But we can make it harder. We can make sure it has no human population in which to evolve transmissibility. There is no need to rely on the mass extermination of chickens. There is no need to stockpile vaccines for everyone. By vaccinating just the people most at risk — the people who work with chickens and the caregivers — we can prevent it from becoming transmissible among humans. Then it doesn’t matter what it does in chickens.”
Proof is in the historical data
Please remember that, despite the fantastic headlines and projections of MILLIONS of deaths, the H5N1 bird flu virus killed a mere 257 people worldwide since late 2003. As unfortunate as those deaths are, 257 deaths worldwide from any disease, over the course of five years, simply does not constitute an emergency worthy of much attention, let alone fear!
Greater risk of being killed by lightening
The risk of being killed by a lightning strike in the last five years was about 2,300 percent higher than dying from bird flu.6 In just one year (2004), more than 1,170 people died from lighting strikes, worldwide.7
Where did the new virus really come from?
The H5N1 virus on its own is not very airborne. However, when combined with seasonal flu viruses, which are more easily spread, the effect could be a potent, airborne, deadly biological weapon. If this batch of live bird flu and seasonal flu viruses had reached the public, it could have resulted in dire consequences.
There is a name for this mixing of viruses; it’s called “reassortment,” and it is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created in the lab. Some scientists say the most recent global outbreak — the 1977 Russian flu — was started by a virus created and leaked from a laboratory.
Another example of the less sterling integrity of Big Pharma is the case of Bayer, who sold millions of dollars worth of an injectable blood-clotting medicine to Asian, Latin American, and some European countries in the mid-1980s, even though they knew it was tainted with the AIDS virus.
So while it is morally unthinkable that a drug company would knowingly contaminate flu vaccines with a deadly flu virus such as the bird- or swine flu, it is certainly not impossible. It has already happened more than once.
Tracing criminal behavior of Big Pharma
But there seems to be no repercussions or hard feelings when industry oversteps the boundaries of morality and integrity and enters the arena of obscenity and criminal behavior. Because, lo and behold, which company has been chosen to head up efforts, along with WHO, to produce a vaccine against the Mexican swine flu?
Despite the fact that ink has barely dried on the investigative reports from their should-be-criminal “mistake” against humanity. According to other sources,12 a top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, has concluded that the current swine flu virus possesses certain transmission “vectors” that suggest the new strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon.
The UN expert believes that Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and the current A-H1N1 swine flu virus are biological warfare agents.
In addition, Army criminal investigators are looking into the possibility that disease samples are missing from biolabs at Fort Detrick — the same Army research lab from which the 2001 anthrax strain was released, according to a recent article in the Fredrick News Post.13 In February, the top biodefense lab halted all its research into Ebola, anthrax, plague, and other diseases known as “select agents,” after they discovered virus samples that weren’t listed in its inventory and might have been switched with something else.
And so the saga goes on. When routinely major and deadly “side-effects” of drugs are really their main efforts, the bottom line is don’t be fooled or consumer beware. Take measures to protect yourself in our often corrupt commercial culture. Beware of Big Pharma’s vast media influence to distribute deceptive fear campaigns … and whose dangers may outweigh by far the potentials for a series of pandemics – none of which have ever materialized in our modern, more hygienic times.
Based on an article originally written by Dr. Mercola in 2009 when the Swine Flu scare originated and was at its heights.
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9 Reuters, April 26, 2009, http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE53P23920090426
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11 Infowars.net, April 27, 2009, http://www.infowars.net/articles/april2009/270409Baxter.htm
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14 The New York Times, April 26, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/world/27flu.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1
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